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conundrum (kəˈnʌndrəm

Definitions

noun

  1. a riddle, esp one whose answer makes a play on words
  2. a puzzling question or problem

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

Synonyms

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= puzzle, problem, riddle, enigma, teaser, poser, brain-teaser (informal)

Translations for 'conundrum'

  • British English: conundrum A conundrum is a problem or puzzle which is difficult or impossible to solve. NOUN...this theological conundrum of the existence of evil and suffering in a world created by a good God.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: enigma
  • Chinese: 难题难難题題
  • European Spanish: acertijo
  • French: énigme
  • German: Rätsel
  • Italian: rompicapo
  • Japanese: 難問
  • Korean: 수수께끼
  • Portuguese: enigma
  • Spanish: acertijo

Example Sentences Including 'conundrum'

Labarde - his four o'clock appointment - the tall man who'd come to see him with the interesting legal conundrum.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
It was a conundrum with no solution; a burden of knowledge she dearly wished she'd been spared.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman
Think of the possible Rs present in this conundrum , Alpiew.
Fidelis Morgan THE RIVAL QUEENS: A Countess Ashby de la Zouche Mystery (2002)

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